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deliberate
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as in: need to deliberate Define
to think about or discuss -- especially with great care
  • When I said that I only came to see how Miss Havisham was, Sarah evidently deliberated whether or no she should send me about my business.
  • And while I was occupied with these deliberations, I would fancy an exact resemblance to Joe in some man coming along the road towards us, and my heart would beat high.

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  • So subdued I was by those tears, and by their breaking out again in the course of the quiet walk, that when I was on the coach, and it was clear of the town, I deliberated with an aching heart whether I would not get down when we changed horses and walk back, and have another evening at home, and a better parting.
  • He lighted the candle from the flaring match with great deliberation, and dropped the match, and trod it out.
  • In course of time I saw his hand appear on the other side of Miss Skiffins; but at that moment Miss Skiffins neatly stopped him with the green glove, unwound his arm again as if it were an article of dress, and with the greatest deliberation laid it on the table before her.

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  • We deliberated into the evening.
  • We need to deliberate on this further before making a decision.

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  • "And that," said I, "is your deliberate opinion, Mr. Wemmick?"
  • "That," he returned, "is my deliberate opinion in this office."

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  • "Gentlemen," said Mr. Jaggers, deliberately putting down the glass, and hauling out his gold repeater by its massive chain, "I am exceedingly sorry to announce that it’s half past nine."
  • "Why do you, a stranger coming into my rooms at this time of the night, ask that question?" said I. "You’re a game one," he returned, shaking his head at me with a deliberate affection, at once most unintelligible and most exasperating; "I’m glad you’ve grow’d up, a game one!
  • Each of these exclamations was a shriek; and I must remark of my sister, what is equally true of all the violent women I have ever seen, that passion was no excuse for her, because it is undeniable that instead of lapsing into passion, she consciously and deliberately took extraordinary pains to force herself into it, and became blindly furious by regular stages; "what was the name he gave me before the base man who swore to defend me?
  • ůsame man, remember," pursued the gentleman, throwing his finger at Mr. Wopsle heavily,—"that same man might be summoned as a juryman upon this very trial, and, having thus deeply committed himself, might return to the bosom of his family and lay his head upon his pillow, after deliberately swearing that he would well and truly try the issue joined between Our Sovereign Lord the King and the prisoner at the bar, and would a true verdict give according to the evidence, so help him God!"

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as in: deliberate insult Define
to do something intentionally
as in: need to deliberate Define
to think about or discuss -- especially with great care
as in: a deliberate thinker Define
done with great care -- often slowly
as in: with all deliberate speed Define
as fast as possible while being thorough and careful
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